29 September 2013

Handmade Blackboard

Sometimes you have to be creative and look at objects in your home in a bit of a different way! If you have something lying about that has been there for a while and you are not using it why not think about another use for it. This is where this little tutorial comes in!

I was given this tray recently, which is a really nice object in itself and very 'me', but when it had been sitting around unused for a few weeks it dawned on me that I could turn it in to an object that I would use everyday and appreciate a whole lot more.

We have wanted a blackboard in the kitchen for a little while so that, during the week, we can add shopping lists to it and little reminders etc. So I set about the transformation.

Here is what I used:
- Picture hooks
- String
- Blackboard paint
- Grey paint
- Sanding block
- Frog tape or good masking tape

You will need some thin tacks and a hammer to start the holes for the picture hooks and a couple of paint brushes too. 

For the paint I used as a border (the grey) I had a spare tester pot so I went with that but you could be a lot more creative!

How to:
Step 1: Prepare the surface
Give the areas you will be painting a good sand down to prepare them for the paint you will be applying. I didn't use any base coats or anything like that but I did sand the tray pretty well first so there was a good surface for the paint to adhere to.

Step 2: Apply the Black Board paint
I used a fairly small brush to do this as the larger one I had planned to use just didn't do the job! I applied three coats of paint in total to the tray, leaving a good two hours in-between each one.

Step 3: Masking & Painting the Border
I used Frog Tape to mask the whole of the outer and inner edges before painting the grey paint. I find this tape to be the best as it allows for minimal paint bleed but a good masking tape would work just ensure it is well pressed down.

Step 4: Fixings
As this board will be hung up on two existing screws I chose to buy a pack of picture hanging hooks. These can simply be screwed in to the back of the tray. To make this easier I tapped in a tack on each side to create a 'starter hole', then screwed in the fixings, finishing by adding string (you can use picture hanging wire).

Then simply hang! Done.

This is a really simple project and the longest bit is waiting for the paint to dry between coats! You could used an old picture frame or if you were feeling more ambitious you could build a frame out of cheap MDF! The creative world is your oyster!

If you have any questions about this please email me on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com. Why not leave me a comment below to tell me what you think or send me a Tweet @lucycarterart, I would love to hear from you!

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